Minnesota Uses Grant to Further Develop GIS Strategic Plan
By Fred Logman, Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis
Minnesota has received a $50,000 grant from the Federal Geographic Data Committee to assist the state with developing a strategic and business plan in support of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Future Directions Fifty States Initiative. The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) has partnered with the FGDC in this program and provides a brochure describing the program and what is needed in each state for success: http://www.nsgic.org/hottopics/50states_initiative_handout.pdf.Ten other states received similar grants: Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The Minnesota geospatial community has a long tradition of cooperation, reflected in more than thirty years of accomplishments involving the development, distribution, and dissemination of digital geospatial data based upon common needs and adopted standards that support the NSDI. In 2004, Minnesota formally adopted A Foundation for Coordinated GIS, Minnesota's Spatial Data Infrastructure, a plan for coordinating GI technology to support organizations working within the state. The 2004 plan included recommendations addressing policies, procedures and governance issues that support enterprise solutions.
This project supports the next steps required to develop a sustainable Minnesota Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI), strengthening coordination within the state while supporting the national goals of the NSDI. The goal of this project is to generate a strategic plan for state geospatial services focusing on organizational and operational recommendations. While focusing on Minnesota’s executive branch agencies, the plan will also ensure that the needs of the larger Minnesota geospatial community are addressed.
Several areas that will be examined to develop recommendations include: establishing a state “geospatial authority,” creating an enterprise geospatial organizational structure and governance model, identifying sustainable funding, updating framework data plans, as well as better integrating state geospatial and traditional IT technologies.
The Land Management Information Center (LMIC) is conducting the project, and the project leader is Fred Logman, who has been active in the Minnesota IT and geospatial community for many years. The Governor’s Council on Geographic Information, through its Strategic Plan Committee, will actively participate in the one-year project that started in March.